What Is the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership?

Through a variety of programs - for high school and college leaders to first-time political candidates and influential business and community leaders - the Sorensen Institute has established itself as a powerful and effective force for restoring public confidence in our political system. At the heart of every Sorensen program are three central themes: ethics in public service, the power of bipartisanship, and a concentrated study of public policy issues.

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Meet the esteemed Sorensen alumni who have successfully completed our program and continued on to improve their communities.

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HSLP 2017, Session B: Day 9

Reported by: Sabina Vohra (J.R. Tucker High School) and Alex White (Luray High School)

Having had a day off on Saturday, we jumped back into our busy schedule with an all-day Senate Simulation. Each of us had been assigned a Virginia Senator in advance to research and faithfully represent. The simulation was refereed by Mr. Walls as part of his class curriculum. John Metz acted as Governor and Caroline Bones played the role of Lieutenant Governor.

HSLP 2017, Session B: Day 5

Reported by Chase Smith (Freeman High School)

Today we spent the first half of our day in McGaheysville at Cub Run Dairy, a major dairy farm in Virginia. With a guided tour from Mr. Gerald Heatwole, the owner of the farm, we learned about the production of milk for Krogers' shelves all across the Commonwealth.

To start, we witnessed a veterinarian do an ultrasound on a cow that was pregnant with twins! The fetal cows were no bigger than two centimeters each, but had beating hearts!

HSLP 2017, Session B: Day 4

Reported by: Sinead Nardi-White (Nelson County High School) and Lucas Johnson (Monticello High School)

Following a night of extensive reading, we all woke up and headed to class at around 9 a.m. Our quick walk across the parking lot turned into a scorching caravan of sleep deprived students brimming with intellectual conversation.